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[ADMIN] Fandom is Love: OTW April Membership Drive

Fandom Is Love: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9

It’s the last days of the April membership drive of the Organization for Transformative Works! The OTW and its people make sure that platforms like FanhackersTransformative Works and Cultures, the Archive of Our Own, and Fanlore are there for everyone to use and enjoy. They’re also behind fanwork preservation projects like Open Doors, provide essential legal advocacy for fanworks, and much more.

The OTW is a nonprofit organization run entirely by fans, for fans, and we rely on the generous support of donors and volunteers to keep projects like TWC and Fanhackers going. We warmly invite anyone to become an OTW member by making a donation of US$10 or more – at any time, but especially now.

The details from transformativeworks:


Donations to OTW are tax deductible in the United States. If you have questions about donating, please visit our membership FAQ (located at the bottom of the donation page) or contact the Development & Membership committee. The OTW and its projects depend on the support of fans like you. Be a part of this ongoing labor of love — please donate today.

Thank you!

[LINK] A thesis on the AO3′s tagging system

transformativeworks linked to a study of AO3 tagging and said:

A thesis written about the AO3’s tagging system “attempts to begin exploring the question of what kind of environment the site’s particular blend of open social tagging and some behind-the-scenes vocabulary control, plus hierarchical linking, creates for the users who search through it for fiction.” The study, conducted in 2012, had a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods and the survey was completed by 116 people. “The current online information glut calls for some sort of subject labeling to facilitate efficiency in searching, but the volume of information is well beyond a size that could ever be dealt with by information professionals. “Social tagging” is an approach to this problem that lets non-professionals attempt to organize online information via tagging, for their own and one another’s use. But social tagging is a new and rapidly evolving field, and so no consensus has yet been reached on its overall usefulness, or on what best practices might be.”

I have no time at all to read this right now – any interesting findings or ideas in there?

[QUOTE] From How author Sam Starbuck shapes online fandom (and vice versa)

We tend to see fandom as a single cohesive unit, because we are part of a unit within fandom, and we think fandom is our unit—and some people think fandom reflects the real beliefs of people who aren’t in fandom, as well. But I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. Without even touching on the world outside of fandom, fandom itself is wider and louder and more diverse than any one person generally suspects.